Deadline: November 15, 2022.
The Leapfrog Group Bruce Bradley Fellowship Program 2023
The Leapfrog Group Bruce Bradley Fellowship Program is a yearlong education and training program sponsored by The Leapfrog Group for corporate health professionals who want to take an active role in steering employees and their families to safer, higher-quality hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). Fellows will gain expertise in Leapfrog’s measurement of and advocacy for health care quality and safety, as well as effective methods of steerage. After training, Leapfrog expects that fellows will become recognized leaders, facilitating and promoting employers’ selection of higher-quality, safer, high-value care locally, regionally and nationally.
The Leapfrog Group seeks applications from experienced professionals who work actively with or for organizations that purchase health care for employees or who lead community organizations such as business coalitions that advocate for purchasers. Applicants can be directors of coalitions who work with employers; HR or benefits professionals for public or private employers; or individuals playing influential roles in corporate medical departments, or in benefits or health plan design.
Special consideration will be given to individuals or pairs of applicants who represent both a community coalition and a corporate representative within the coalition. We have found great value in having two committed members (or one applicant playing dual roles) in the same community. Corporate representatives who also participate actively in national coalitions such as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, the Business Group on Health, or the Business Roundtable are encouraged to apply; synergies among purchaser organizations will be a specific focus.
The fellowship is not designed for health care providers, or those who are employed by a company where more than 50% of revenue is through health care services, unless those individuals also have responsibilities as an employer providing health care benefits.
The selection committee will favor candidates with:
- Passion and enthusiasm for promoting purchasers’ role in health care system improvement.
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement innovative ideas that successfully create positive change in their organization and/or community.
- The position, connections and collaborative skill to influence purchasers and health systems in their communities.
Fellows will participate in a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year, attending three in-person (or virtual) events (including the Leapfrog Annual Meeting) and four webinars. Each in-person event will last one to two days, and will include facility tours, networking opportunities, and specific educational programming. Fellows will receive reading and reference materials to supplement these learning events.
The fundamental learning will come from your project. Fellows will be asked to design (with assistance) an effort for their own community or organization that would use principles learned during the fellowship as well as Leapfrog Survey results or Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades to increase the safety and quality of care received by their population. These projects can take upwards of 100 hours throughout the year and many past fellows have found that it works best to incorporate their projects into their current roles with leadership approval.
Fellows can expect to build out a project timeline and present a mock presentation. Fellows will then present these projects to Leapfrog members and other stakeholders in December 2023.
We expect our fellows will develop a relationship with Leapfrog such that they become recognized national leaders in quality and safety measures and advocates for transparency. After completion, we expect fellows to remain highly engaged with Leapfrog leadership, play an ongoing role in promoting health care value on a national level, and to contribute substantially to the safety and quality dialogue in their own communities.
Leapfrog expects that fellows will gain an understanding of the:
- Politics and science of measuring health care performance
- Commonalities among Leapfrog and other rating systems
- Implications of quality and safety on lives and dollars
- Effective methods of steerage toward higher-quality, safer facilities
- Case studies of effective quality improvement
- Motivations of hospitals and ASCs that do and do not report safety measures
- Incorporation of safety and quality into the health care value equation
- Responses to frequent objections or criticisms about measurement of quality
Fellows will also gain from the opportunity to learn from and speak with national experts in the areas of hospital and ASC safety, quality improvement, national health policy, health benefit plan design, and health industry leadership.
In addition to receiving a $3000 stipend, Leapfrog will cover travel expenses to in-person events.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
To apply, candidates must submit the following:
- Completed application form
- CV and short biography
- Two letters of support (including one from the candidate’s organization or company)
Completed applications should be sent to Jill Berger ([email protected]) by November 15, 2022.